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Rock out your fifties hairstyles, make sure your lids are sealed tight, and enjoy vacuum-fresh food, because the 2015 Eerie Indiana rewatch kicks off tonight with the pilot episode that made half of us afraid of packed lunches... ladies and gentlemen, fire up your DVD players, and let's watch: Foreverware!
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Summer Club Reading - Eerie, Indiana

Back in 1991, Eerie, Indiana premiered on NBC. It was created by Karl Schaefer and Jose Rivera, who had two tracks of mind in creating the series. One, to create a show for children that didn't pander to children and secondly, to have a fun and scary show. And you know what?

They succeeded.

Eerie, Indiana takes place in the titular town. We first meet Marshall Teller on his paper route. He's relocated from the dank, rotting Big Apple. He misses it. His father, Edgar is an inventor for a company in Eerie called "Things, Incorporated," and his mother, Marilyn is a party planner despite having lax organizational skills. His sister, Syndi is a regular, normal teenage girl. Marshall is the odd one out in his family it seems. But he notices that something is amiss in this 'burb. He sees an older, fatter Elvis on his route. He knows Bigfoot eats out of his trashcan. The town's population is 16,661. Gulp. He shares this with the only person that'll hear him out, Simon. Simon is a younger kid from his neighborhood who is ignored by his parents, so Marshall takes him under his wing. They know that something spooky is afoot in Eerie and they seem to be the only ones to do anything to try and stop it.

Originally, reviews for the show insisted that the show's true relation was that great masterpiece, "Twin Peaks." But I don't buy that, personally, I see it as more of a "Blue Velvet" type show. You know, a town with a darker undercurrent. Marshall and Simon are predicating Fox Mulder in the hunt for the truth and the idea of a town under duress from outside sinister forces is something that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer will run through for seven years. Eerie was ahead of it's time and it only lasted 19 episodes. I personally think that in 2012 this show would've lasted a longer life. Or at the very least gathered a cult following. But I digress, let's start this thing off.


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Will these shoes last me more than one lifetime? Probably not, as they came in a cardboard shoebox rather than giant airtight rubber kitchenware.

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I would always really character myself up like when I went in for, well I don’t know if you’re aware of “Foreverware”; did you ever see Eerie, Indiana? I did two Eerie, Indiana’s, both for Joe. There were two segments and the first one was called “Foreverware” and it was this really funny segment about people who preserve themselves in Tupperware, or “Foreverware”, as in the story. We had to sing and all this stuff and it was just crazy, okay? When I read it I called Joe up, after the audition when I got the part, and I said, “Look, if I’m going to do this I’m going to have to have a wig” and he said, “Why would you have to have a wig?” and I said, “Because I can’t play this character as me. I have an idea, just please I have to have a wig.” He says, “You don’t need a wig.” I said, “Joe, would you just please let me do this?” So he finally agreed, and I went to the hair department and I told them exactly what I wanted. To make a long story short when I was in college back in the day my roommate was Heather MacRae; and if you know Heather MacRae at all she had those blonde bangs with the straight blonde hair, you might remember her from Bang the Drum Slowly; she was wonderful in that. Anyway, she was an old friend of mine and I wanted to play her because she characterized this character for me. So I got this blonde wig that was just like her and I had wardrobe wardrobe me in this sort of lime green A frame dress and white go-go boots, et cetera. I walked on set and Joe takes one look at me and he almost fell over he was like, “Oh my God”. Well, the producers fell so in love with this character that they, two episodes later, brought my character back and gave me a set of twins; and it was in the one called “Hole in the Wall Gang” with Hoyt Axton and they had me standing in the bank with my daughter and she’s dressed with the little blond wig and the green A frame dress and white go-go boots and it was really visually very, very funny.

So, Joe always allowed me a lot of creative freedom; but I always had to audition for him except for in The Howling.
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Remember the Hocus Pocus pins [livejournal.com profile] scheherezhad linked to last year? Well, they had a memorial day sale and I decided to treat myself:

Mary, Sara, Winifred, the book and the black flame candle:

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And an RV and a stack of pancakes for the subtle Eerie references:

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And this little skull in a hat because he reminded me of Dereek Landy's Skullduggery Pleasant books:

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Your themed episodes for the month of June are "ATM with a Heart of Gold" and "Foreverware"
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With the release of the Goosebumps movie, I have been re-visiting some episodes (I was a fan of the books and the show). While watching some of my favorite episodes, I was reminded of another TV series I really enjoyed as a child : Eerie, Indiana.

This short-lived show (only 19 episodes) aired for the first time in 1991 but gained more popularity when re-runs were broadcasted on Fox Kids. Eerie, Indiana also aired in the mid-nineties in my country and that’s when I discovered it.

Marshall Teller and his family move from New Jersey to Indiana, in a small town called Eerie. But Eerie is not your average country town. It is, as Marshall puts it, “the center of weirdness for the entire planet”. Strange events occur on a weekly basis in Eerie, Indiana and it is up to Marshall and his friend Simon to investigate and gather evidence.

Re-watching shows you used to love as a child is tricky as you often end up disappointed. However, this was not the case with Eerie, Indiana. The show holds up quite well, even by today’s standards. Of course, I started watching out of nostalgia but ended up watching all 19 episodes in the span of 2 days and fell in love with the show again.

Eerie, Indiana is superior to Goosebumps in my opinion. The acting is quite good for a children television series and the stories are interesting. The most recognizable face in the show is Omri Katz, best known for playing the main character in Hocus Pocus.

One of the strongest point of the show is its great atmosphere : it is Twin Peaks for kids ! Having the episodes being partly narrated by Marshall, as he writes in his journal, is a great choice and really gives a good rhythm to the stories. The show also has a lot of references to horror pop culture, which put a smile on my face every time !

I watched the show online but loved it so much, I ordered the Eerie, Indiana DVD Boxset. Though the entire series is worth watching, here are three episodes I recommend :

Episode 1 | Foreverware : A great introduction to the series in which Marshall and Simon must investigate a very special type of container that keeps things…and people…fresh forever ! This episode was imaginative and fun and is a great start to the series.

Episode 8 | Dead Letter : Marshall finds an old letter and upon opening it, a young man appears and harasses Marshall until he delivers the letter. A classic tale of tragic lovers and ghosts. This episode also guest stars a young Tobey Maguire.

Episode 13 | The Broken Record : Marshall’s friend is struggling with a verbally-abusive father until he discovers a rock band and his behavior changes dramatically. This is a heavy subject for a children television series and they handled it quite well. Also, the concept of secret messages recorded on vinyl records is incorporated in the story in a very smart manner.
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Buttermilk pancakes with pink and blue icing infinity symbol, and bubblegum hot chocolate with whipped cream and pink and blue sparkles.

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